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6100 Series

G1 Series


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The Addressograph 6100 series machines are manual machines used to produce debossed/embossed metal plates that were used with the Addressograph imprinters and addressing machines.  The 6100 or G1 series represents an entry level unit that was intended for the smaller business or those that did not have the need or volume capacity of the larger electric models such as the 6300 series and 6400 series machines.

In the 6100 series class of machines there were many different variations just as with all the other classes of Graphotypes.  Here we will focus upon two main variants, the 6140 and 6185. 

Where does the name G1 come from?  Why do people refer to these machines as a Type G1 Graphotype?  As stated throughout this web site Addressograph-Multigraph had literally thousands of different individual machines with hundreds of classes and even more variations within the individual classes.  The G1 was indeed one classification of the manual Graphotype but it is used often synonymously with the 6100 series class of machines across the board.  There are very little differences between the individual variations of the machines and most parts interchange.

The main difference between the variations of the 6100 or G1 class of machines is the way that the operator selects the characters to be imprinted.

It is said that a competent operator can make about 25-45 tags per hour with this style of machine.

Physical characteristics of this style machine are 30" Wide, 15" Deep, 18" Tall - Weight is between 125 and 150 pounds dependant upon options and model.

 


6140 Series
G1 Series

This manual machine utilizes a knob and round dial to select the text to be imprinted.  The operator would grasp the knob located on the left hand side of the machine and would rotate the knob either clockwise or counterclockwise to change the selection of the dies to choose the desired character to be printed.  The operator would know which die and character was selected by viewing a character map imposed on the face of a indicating dial located on the top of the machine.

The above photograph illustrates one part of the machine that is most often lost on this style of machine - the cast iron clip board.  There is a hole located in the casting of the machine in the upper right hand corner that the clip board fit into.  With these clipboards being cast iron, many of them have been damaged, cracked or broken.  Others were just lost or misplaced.  None-the-less, the clip board is an original equipment item that is very hard to locate.

These machines are cast iron, they weight approximately 110 lbs.  From the factory they came painted black and many were sporting yellow or gold pen striping.

You will notice the handle on the right hand side of the machine.  This handle is mounted to a heavy cast iron curved arm that is pulled forward toward the operator.  When the operator pulls this handle forward it activates the springs and stamping mechanism causing the dies and punches to move together and emboss or deboss the blank plate.  There is a loaded spring that actually pops the die and punch together at the end of the stroke of the actuator arm.

From the rear of the machine you can clearly see the "knuckle-joint", that is used to transfer the rotation of the die selection knob to the indicator dial.  This joint is the most common lost part on these older machines.  The "knuckle-joint", acts much like a jointed socket adapter - it allows for the transfer of movement and energy at an angle.  From the rear one can see in more detail the die and punch carousel.

Parts and Components

The above is a photograph of the carriage assembly.  The carriage assembly is the part of the machine that moves from left to right and holds the blank that is being imprinted.  Missing from this photograph are is the Jaw/Clamp assembly.  The Jaw/Clamp assembly is actually the physical part that holds the blank and the carriage assembly is what held the transported the Jaw/Clamp assembly. 

This is a up close photograph of the die and punch carousel.  This man is removing and replacing dies/punches from the top of the carousel.  Notice that he is pulling back the retaining spring that is used to hold the dies and punches in the correct location at the proper height.

In this photograph this man is removing and replacing dies and punches from the lower portion of the carousel.  On the bottom row the man must release the tension on the retaining springs to allow freedom of movement for the individual dies and punches.

6185 Series

This machine works on the same principle as the 6140 machine but there are some dramatic differences in the why the operator interfaces with this machine.

In this front view of the machine clearly you can see the round wheel located on the left hand side of the machine.  This wheel is on a slight angle and protrudes outward toward the operator from the front of the machine.  The operator uses this wheel to select the proper character to be imprinted.  The selection of the character is confirmed by a visual indicator on the scale located at the top of the machine.  As the operator rotates the wheel a pointer moves left to right or right to left and the pointer indicates which character has been dialed up for imprinting.

The photograph of this machine also shows another option that was available on these machines but is NOT often found on the average specimen sold today.  The machine above clearly illustrates two forms of tag flatteners.  Tag flatteners were used to flatten tags that had been imprinted to remove any curve created during the imprinting process and to flatten the peaks of the imprinted text to a proper and uniformed height.  When making addressing plates it is important to have all the text at the same height or depth so that it will transfer evenly when placed in an imprinter or embosser.  Look at a modern day credit card, the raised text is all the same style and height so that if a manual receipt imprinter is used the text will transfer to the receipt.

There are two different tag flatteners visible in the photograph above and below.

 


6100 or G1 Series Photo Gallery

 

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